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by jb
14 Oct 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy
Replies: 19
Views: 901

Re: Amusing video about Cervelo being shoddy

Have I missed something , he says the frames useless and then promptly fixes it with a simple taper guide.
was the black bit in the frame that was tapered aluminium or composite? If the later then the tolerance seems fair.
by jb
12 Oct 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

The waste issue is a different problem , but hydraulic brakes are being considered more of a complete unit, the fluid lines are so small that bleeding them is a lot more involved than it used to be With tiny air bubbles being hard to shift and causing a disproportionate amount of spunginess. But the...
by jb
12 Oct 2019, 11:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

BB7 are certainly good brakes especially for repairability on touring expeditions, but they aren't quite fit and forget. You can't get much simpler than three pistons and a tube and whilst difficult to repair on the move should the hose be damaged, for most bikes sold there is less to cause trouble ...
by jb
27 Sep 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

My last car did 12 years without any problems with the hydraulics. A road bike with hydraulics should never need any attention, ever. The thing is self lubricating after all.
by jb
24 Sep 2019, 10:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

You think the super rich will start sending their offspring to the local secondary school because Eton's gone?

Me thinks not
by jb
24 Sep 2019, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Changer Stiff like a Scania Truck
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Gear Changer Stiff like a Scania Truck

The cables are the usual suspects, the inner could be frayed around the shifter were the tightest corners usually lurk. Or the outer, whilst looking good can have a worn groove internally which nips and holds the cable. best to replace these after first checking its nothing drastic like a seized up ...
by jb
23 Sep 2019, 7:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

I have a winter bike fitted with rim brakes and a summer bike fitted with mechanical disc brakes, they get equal use. However the disc brakes are way and above more preferable than the rim brakes In all conditions. If I could fit discs to the other bike I would without hesitation, alas the frame won...
by jb
21 Sep 2019, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

Brucey wrote:that is a very short list of possible disc brake faults. I can think of a much, much, longer one....

cheers

Those are the prominent ones likely to be encountered by a normal punter, if you want to include all the faults that messers sand fiddler's will encounter then it will be a lot longer
by jb
21 Sep 2019, 4:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

calliper rim brakes are obviously the better choice for racing where weight and ease of removal are paramount. Joe public however are probably better off with something that is not much heavier and require no adjustment. I've seen people driven to tears trying to set V brakes up, unless you do them...
by jb
21 Sep 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 26647

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

I've seen people driven to tears trying to set V brakes up, unless you do them regularly and because of their swivel mountings, they are not easy things to cope with. News to me. I've built two bikes up from scratch with V brakes and I'm not very technical at all. It's not that surprising that peop...
by jb
15 Sep 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1631

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Do not, on any account, show this thread to my partner!
She just wouldn't understand.
:D
by jb
14 Sep 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1631

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

once you'd deployed the flame reducing control it was a brave man that could take it off again. :)
by jb
13 Sep 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1631

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Great when combined with a Primus stove as you needed to carry pans & meths anyway. My Primus dates from the late 70s. Actually it's a Hippolita imitation, because I was an impoverished schoolboy who couldn't afford the real thing. Although various parts have since been replaced with genuine Pr...
by jb
7 Sep 2019, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1631

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Definitely a timeless classic of the stove world though I always found them hard to cook with if you weren't simply boiling stuff. Great when combined with a Primus stove as you needed to carry pans & meths anyway.
by jb
6 Sep 2019, 11:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The late Douglas Adams on technology
Replies: 28
Views: 1366

Re: The late Douglas Adams on technology

Down tube levers ... reliable accurate gear changing. STI levers ...reliable accurate gear changing. Down tube levers ... £14.99 STI levers ... £84.99 The joy of technology .... :) Its not until you've been on STI for a good while and then go back to down tube shifters that you realise how much bet...